November 24, 2014 - 4:34 pm - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — A Lennox, SD woman was taken to the hospital after an accident near Hull on Friday, November 21.Ambulance rear blue and white

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 4 PM, 20-year-old Jeremy Van Den Berg of Rock Valley was driving a 2005 Dodge Stratus westbound on Highway 18, two miles east of Hull. Twenty-three-year-old Michelle Donelson of Lennox, SD was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier westbound on 18 behind Van Den Berg.

Van Den Berg slowed down for a school bus and the Donelson Chevy struck the Van Den Berg Dodge.

The Hull Ambulance transported Donelson to Sanford Sheldon Hospital.

The Dodge sustained about $2,500 in damages. The Cavalier sustained about $5,000 in damages.

Donelson was ticketed for following too closely.

The Hull Fire Department, Hull Ambulance crew and the Iowa State Patrol assisted the Sheriff’s Office.

crime scene tape over lightbarHawarden, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is again asking for the public’s help to find clues related to a business burglary case near Hawarden.

They report that on Monday morning, November 24, they investigated a burglary report that is alleged to have occurred at a Birch Avenue home, two miles north of Hawarden.

Upon further investigation, deputies believe the perpetrator or perpetrators used a blunt object to break open a door to a construction business building. Once inside the building, a safe was stolen.

Deputies believe the burglary likely occurred sometime between Friday, November 21 and Monday, November 24.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

November 24, 2014 - 4:29 pm - Posted in News

Boyden, Iowa — A Boyden man has been arrested on child pornography charges.Child Porn gavel_sxc

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Friday, evening November 21, one of their officers arrested 57-year-old Rodney June of Boyden.

The arrest stemmed from an investigation which began in February of 2014.

June was charged with possession of child pornography.

The Iowa Internet Crimes against Children Task Force assisted the Sheriff’s Office with the investigation. The Sheriff’s Office did not release the circumstances surrounding the arrest or provide any further information at this time.

According to Sioux County Jail records, June bonded out the next day.

Orange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an accident and a report of driving without owner’s consent — and they’re asking the public to help them find out who was involved.magnifying glass_sxc

On Friday, November 14, at in the 6 AM hour, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred on a parking lot at Natural Food Holdings, 4241 Highway 75, one mile south of Sioux Center. The accident happened sometime after 11:00 PM on Thursday, November 13 and prior to 6:00 AM on Friday, November 14.

A vehicle traveling on the parking lot struck a parked and unattended 1999 Ford Taurus, owned by 31-year-old Nathan Jans of Rock Valley. After the accident the suspect vehicle left the area in an unknown direction of travel, without reporting the incident.

The vehicle that struck the Ford is possibly a white pickup or SUV. The Ford sustained approximately $1,000 in damages.

The accident remains under investigation. If anyone has any information about this accident you’re asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

On Sunday, November 16 in the 2 PM hour, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report of trespassing and operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent. The incident occurred at a home on 460th Street, a mile west of Ireton.

Upon further investigation sheriff’s deputies found that someone had removed and driven a Silver 2003 Chevrolet Suburban, which had been parked in an attached garage. The vehicle was returned to the garage prior to the owner’s return.

The incident most likely occurred sometime between Saturday, November 15 and Sunday, November 16. If you have any information about this investigation please contact the sheriff’s office.-

Sioux Center, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the report of a missing gun, which is thought to have been stolen.Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

On Monday evening, November 17, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report of theft that occurred from a building near a home two miles west of Sioux Center.

Upon further investigation it is thought that someone entered the unlocked building and stole a Uberti model 397 .357 caliber revolver.

Authorities believe the alleged crime occurred sometime in the two weeks prior to November 17.

If you have any information about this investigation please contact the sheriff’s office.

Sioux Center, Iowa — A house received extensive damage in a fire early on Tuesday November 18, 2014 near Sioux Center.Sioux Center FD

According to Sioux Center Fire Chief Dave Van Holland, about 5:40 AM, the Sioux Center Fire Department was called to the report of house fire at 3987 Ibex Avenue, two miles east of Sioux Center. That’s just north of the Sandy Hollow Campground.

Van Holland reports that Chris Whitaker, who lived in the home was injured when he fell on the ice outside the home. He was taken to Sioux Center Health.

He says the cause of the fire was electrical malfunction.

Chief Van Holland reports that there was extensive damage.

The Sioux Center Fire Department was assisted by Hull Fire Department.

November 17, 2014 - 8:08 am - Posted in News

Alton, Iowa — A Hospers woman was taken to a hospital after an accident near Alton on Saturday, November 15.Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 5:50 PM, 33-year-old Heather Schoenrock of Hospers was driving a 2007 Suzuki northbound on Kingbird Avenue four miles northwest of Alton, when she lost control of the vehicle, which entered the west ditch, struck a ditch embankment, rolled and struck a stop sign.

Schoenrock was transported by private vehicle to the Orange City Hospital.
The Suzuki sustained about $7,000 in damages. The stop sign sustained an estimated $70 in damages.

November 15, 2014 - 2:27 pm - Posted in News

2015 Orange City Tulip Court

Orange City, Iowa — The 2015 Tulip Queen Pageant is coming up.

It will be held on Monday, November 24 at the Unity Christian Knight Center. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the event will begin at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $3 for attendees.

Tulip Queen candidates will give presentations on Orange City and will be interviewed by both the judges and emcees of the event. Attendees will have the opportunity to cast their vote for the 2015 Tulip Queen during the pageant. The 2015 Tulip Queen will be crowned as a conclusion to the event.

The 2015 Tulip Festival Night Show production will also be announced at the event.

Tulip Festival news, event information, volunteer opportunities and more can be found on the festival’s website at, as well as the festival’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Tulip Court members for the 75th annual Tulip Festival include: Jennifer Droog, daughter of Rick and Sue Droog; Sydney Huizenga, daughter of Darren and Dawn Huizenga; Micah Vande Vegte, daughter of Gary and Amy Vande Vegte; Cara Venema, daughter of Dan and Tonya Venema; and Emily Wielenga, daughter of Kevin and Dixie Wielenga.

Ireton, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help — again to find someone involved in an

They report that they investigated the accident on Thursday night, November 13th.  It occurred on Dipper Avenue, six miles southwest of Ireton.

From what they can tell, a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup was traveling southbound on Dipper Avenue when the driver lost control of the vehicle, which entered the east ditch and rolled. The driver left the area and could not be found. 

It is unknown if the driver sustained any injuries.

The Chevrolet sustained approximately $5,000 in damages.

The accident remains under investigation.

If anyone witnessed this accident or has information about the driver’s identity you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. You can use their text-a-tip program. Directions can be found at

Northwest Iowa — Strategic Economics Group has released a study of the economic and fiscal impacts of the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline will carry crude etc_logo_roil from the Bakken oil field in northwestern North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois, and cut right through our area. The wheels are in motion for the project to seek approval from the Iowa Utilities Board, and public information meetings are scheduled for December 1st in Inwood and Sioux Center.

The study finds that the construction of the pipeline will have significant economic impact on the four states that it will traverse.

The Dakota Access project is a more than 1,100-mile pipeline that will be built at a cost of approximately $3.8 billion. The pipeline will have a transportation capacity of more than 450,000 barrels per day of crude oil and will move crude oil to domestic refineries more safely and at a lower cost than the current alternatives. Currently, about 70 percent of the oil extracted from the Bakken area moves to refineries by railroad, which has experienced bottlenecks and is a more expensive form of transportation than by pipeline.

According to the study, during the two-year construction stage of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the four-state region will experience an increase of 33,000 temporary full-time jobs; an increase of $1.9 billion in income; nearly $5 billion increase in production and sales; and a $156 million increase in state and local taxes.

A copy of the study and individual state-by-state analyses and summaries are available at